Traffic wardens are to be ordered to crack down on commuters and workers using city car parks for free.Advertisement
Preston City Council is making changes to the rules around the time you’re allowed to park at what it calls ‘amenity car parks’.
Scattered throughout the city there are 450 parking spaces which have no restriction on how long you can stay for on them.
Now traffic wardens are to be given the power to give motorists a ticket if they outstay a two hour maximum at a range of car parks close to small shopping areas and leisure centres.
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A spokesman for the city council said: “We are changing the nature of these car parks and bringing in an order to limit the amount of time people can park in the car parks.
“Some of the car parks are used all day whereas really, they should be for short visits and shorter stays.
“When people park there for longer, it means the car parks are not available for other users who want to use the nearby facilities. It’s about better management and more flexible use of the car parks which are a resource for the local communities that use them.”
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The city council says it expects to make a ‘small amount of income’ from the changes.
– Plungington Road and Hammond Street car parks, Monday to Sunday 8am to 5pm
– Jutland Street and Schleswig Street car parks, St Matthews, Monday to Saturday 8am to 5pm
– Gamull Lane car park, Fulwood, Monday to Saturday 8am to 5pm
– Rosebud car park, New Hall Lane, Monday to Saturday 8am to 5pm
– Maritime Way car park, Riversway. No set dates/times have been set yet.
– Fulwood and West View Leisure Centres. No set dates/times have been set yet.
A number of small areas which are not car parks but do have unrestricted street parking are also to see new traffic orders introduced. They are:
– St Mary’s Street, Ribbleton
– Oakham Court, Avenham
– Eastham Street, University
– Service lane beind 16-24 New Hall Lane
– Grimshaw Street, next to Blue Bell Place, city centre
– Lennox Street, Avenham
– Schleswig Street, St Matthews
– Rear of 157/158 Friargate
– Earl Street courtyard
Do you live near these areas? Do you park there? What do you think of the changes? Let us know in the comments below